Castries, May 31st – The Saint Lucia Writers Forum will once again host another Laureate’s Chair at the Central Library. The event, is slated for this evening, May 31st and will feature writer, John Robert Lee.
Lee is a St. Lucian writer who has published several poems and short stories, many of which have been published in journals and international anthologies like The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories (1990), The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (2005) and Facing the sea (1986).
In 1993, at the launching of his poetry collection, Translations, Nobel laureate Derek Walcott said of his younger contemporary, “Robert Lee has been a scrupulous poet; that’s the biggest virtue he has, and it’s not a common virtue in poets, to be scrupulous and modest in the best sense, not to over-extend the range of the truth of his emotions, not to go for the grandiose. He is a Christian poet obviously. You don’t get in the poetry anything that is, in sense, preachy or self-advertising in terms of its morality. He is a fine poet.”
A Librarian by profession, Lee has also dabbled in Theatre, Media and Photography.
Tonight’s event promises a mix of fine Saint Lucian Literature, photography and art from local artists.
The Laureate’s Chair, which was conceptualized by the Past President of the Saint Lucia Writers Forum, Kensley Charlemagne, is an event that honors the work of Saint Lucia’s Poet Laureate, Derek Walcott. Every month, a local writer is featured, who speaks on Walcott and how he has inspired their journey as a writer. The featured guest also shares with the audience, along with their own works, their favorite Walcott piece.
The event is aimed at emerging writers and provides them with the opportunity to connect with seasoned and celebrated local authors. The Laureate’s Chair has seen the likes of Kendel Hippolyte, Adrian Augier and most recently, Travis Weekes, whose featured event was very well attended.
The event begins promptly at 7pm.